Good weekend. Saturday, woke early thanks to the dawn chorus, in time to head across to Brighton for lunch. Jacqueline had won something on eBay that we needed to pick up. Once we'd picked it up, we headed into the centre of Brighton to look at the shops 'n' stuff.
Passed an H&M, which I find is always useful for kid's clothes, and 15
minutes and £110 later, Alice now has her summer wardrobe. Almost the first shop
out of the car park was a toy shop, in which Alice insisted in spending almost
every penny of her pocket money on a Barbie doll. Money really does burn a hole
in her pocket.
On through the Lanes, which are always very pleasant to walk through, but
whose shops I don't find particularly interesting.
We'd promised to Alice that she could spend some time on the beach, and to be
honest she was a complete pain walking around the shops - even shops that she
liked - because she was constantly whining about how she wanted to go to the
beach now. Plus, of course, you end up giving in eventually so not only did we
have to suffer whining while we were mooching, but we didn't get to mooch very
far either. She can be really horrible sometimes and is selfish all the time.
Once we got to the beach, Alice changed into her swimsuit and had a splash, and
with the weather being beautiful and sunny I had a lie down for half an hour.
With just a little stop for an ice cream and a coffee in one of the beachside
cafes, it was time to head home.
Quite hungry, having had a light lunch, we stopped in Portsmouth for a real
treat - a visit to KFC. Yummy! Got one of those buckets which was way too big,
we took it home and Jacqueline finished it for her breakfast!
So all in all Saturday was quite a good day despite Alice's attempts to spoil
things. Plus, it was the first really summery day we've had this year - very
sunny, and warm in the sun. Of course the wind cooled things down somewhat but
we are still only in April.
Sunday was the mundane day. Did the weekly shop and pottered about the house.
Did some tidying, some scanning/shredding. Watched the FA Cup semi-final. Alice
spent much of the day playing out with some friends of hers, but to be honest
they are all best friends one minuter and worst enemies the next. She does seem
to have trouble endearing herself to people. Plus, we had a good shout at her
last night because she came out with something really quite offensive to
Jacqueline. I can't even remember what it was now, but Alice was way out of
line. She does seem to think she can get away with saying whatever she likes and
then saying "But I don't mean it" afterwards. On one occasion, she really upset
me because she said that I'd killed Barney (who was our cat who died last year).
Now, Barney and I were bestest buddies so I found that remark very
I live in hope that Alice will learn how to mix socially with people, but I
see precious little evidence of it and I know that the longer it takes her the
harder it will be for her.
Reading back over this entry, it seems to be a real have-a-go-at-Alice entry,
but that's how I feel at the moment.
On the plus side I have consigned to the shredder statements from two credit
cards, phone bills and gas bills (all of which going back years) over the
weekend. The scanner continues to behave well, my only gripe being that the
50-page sheetfeeder does not mean that 50 pages may be scanned at once. Anything
more than five or six pages at once and the paper starts to jam. But hey, I can
live with that. I'm now freeing up space inside my filing cabinet itself.
One other thing worth mentioning - my last-but-one invoice got paid a week
late, and my latest invoice was late also. I whined to the agency about this and
they came back, apologised profusely and sent a payment by CHAPS the same day. A
nice, reassuring touch.
My clients upgraded their database at the weekend, so most of this morning
has been spent fielding issues from end-users about why things that worked on
Friday do not work today. It is impossible to generate enthusiasm for this type
of work, which really a telephonist could do far more pleasantly than I can, and
reinforces the need to find new consultancy work.